A Virginia bill intended in part to protect state residents from the Antichrist has been killed in the Virginia Senate.
A subcommittee of the Commerce and Labor Committee derailed the measure, which would have prohibited employers and insurance companies from requiring people to implant microchips.
Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), the bill’s sponsor, said privacy issues were his main concern, but acknowledged that some people fear the devices would be used someday as the “mark of the beast” described in the Book of Revelation. Some fundamentalist Christians think the world is now living in the biblical end-times and that a Satan-driven government may try to require people to accept the Antichrist emblem.
The Virginia House of Delegates approved the measure 88-9 in February, but four senators on the Senate subcommittee said that the bill was a solution in search of a problem.